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Haunting Images Of The Abandoned Hospital Where Hitler Once Convalesced

This stunning series of photographs by Andreas Swane reveals the decaying grandeur of Beelitz-Heilstätten, the "men's sanatorium" outside Berlin where Hitler recovered from war wounds during World War I. Today it could be the setting for a hospital horror movie.

Swane writes on his Flickr page:

Beelitz-Heilstätten west of Berlin, is an amazing complex of 60 abandoned and derelict hospital buildings. The oldest buildings are from 1898 drawn by architect Heino Schmieden. The complex became a war hospital during WW1. In 1916 Adolf Hitler was recovering here after being shot in the leg in the Battle of the Somme. After WW2 the hospital was occupied by Soviet forces. They left in 1995. The movie 'The Pianist' was partly shot here.

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You can see more pictures of the hospital, and Swane's other brilliant photographs, via his Flickr stream. [spotted at Biomedicine On Display]

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Dentist chair in the basement.

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Entrance to one of the facilities.

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Surgical light.

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Surgery room.

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A room.

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The bath house.

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The morgue

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DISCUSSION

The ceiling mosaic tiles in #5 are still glimmering under the grime. I assume that #8 is a vivisection table complete with built in fluid collection container. That's by far the most disturbing image in this gallery.